EYFS – Early Years Foundation Stage
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) brings together: The Foundation Stage, and the Birth to Three Matters framework and the National Standards for Under 8s Daycare and Childminding building a coherent and flexible approach to care and learning.
All providers are required to use the EYFS to ensure that whatever setting parents choose, they can be confident that their child will receive a quality experience that supports their development and learning.
The EYFS aims to help children achieve the 5 outcomes by:
- Setting standards
- Promoting Equality of opportunity
- Creating a framework for partnership working
- Improving quality and consistency
- Laying a secure foundation for future learning and development
Stages of Development
There are six stages of development and each one is matched, in all 6 areas of learning, to a photo of a baby or child in the practice guidance.
The stages overlap:
Birth to 11 months
- 8 to 20 months
- 16 to 26 months
- 22 to 36 months
- 30 to 50 months
- 40 to 60 months (can be 71 months for a September born child)
Stages are more important than ages and every area of development IS EQUALLY IMPORTANT; Physical, cognitive, linguistic, spiritual, social, emotional.
In order for children to learn successfully they need to be in a secure environment which is physically comfortable. Children can spend long days in a setting and need to have space where they can relax and rest. Babies and young children make learning connections in their brains faster and better in an enriched environment.
Adult interactions which help support and extend their learning make a big difference to learning, as does physical activity during the session.
Partnerships with Parents
The EYFS values are grouped into 4 themes
- A unique child.
Principle – Every child is a competent learner from birth who can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured
- Positive Relationships
Principle – Children learn to be strong and independent from a base of loving and secure relationships with parents and/or a key person
- Enabling Environments
Principle – The environment plays a key role in supporting and extending children’s development and learning
- Learning and Development
Principle – Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates and all areas of learning and development are equally important and inter-connected